SPE News - July 21, 2023

What's Happening Around SPE

Plastics Engineering Moves to All-Digital Format

The May/June issue of Plastics Engineering is focused on plastics used in building and construction, sustainability challenges, waste plastics and more.

ANTEC® 2024

ANTEC® 2024 Call for Speakers

Attention professionals and industry leaders in the field of plastics technologies, polymer research, and new materials! SPE is searching for dynamic speakers to present at ANTEC® 2024, taking place from March 4-7, 2024, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand in St. Louis, MO. We are seeking presentations that delve into the latest findings in plastics technologies, polymer research, new materials, innovative processes, and more. Submit your abstract today!

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SPE Automotive Division Announces Kevin Pageau as "Lifetime Achievement Award" Winner

Kevin N. Pageau, owner and president of International Marketing Alliance and a major contributor to the SPE Automotive Division Innovation Awards Program for many years, has been named the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by the SPE Automotive Division. Pageau became active in the Automotive Division in 1992 as Newsletter Editor and then held other positions in the Automotive Division leadership, including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chairman. He was recognized as an Honored Service Member of SPE in 2004.

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Need to Know More About Injection Molding?

Look no further than SPE's National Week of Injection Molding! This exciting online event, hosted by the SPE Injection Molding Technical Division and taking place July 31 to August 4, is your gateway to understanding the incredible potential of injection molding. Join us each day from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) as industry experts take a deep dive into the world of injection molding. Register today!

Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization

SPE hosting is Reducing Plastic Waste Through Artificial Intelligence and Digitalization from October 16-17, 2023, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD. This must-attend event will explore how artificial intelligence (AI) and digitalization are revolutionizing the plastic industry, offering robust solutions that can effectively mitigate plastic waste and optimize its usage through increased recycling. Click here for more information, call for speakers, and registration.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division "Thermoformer of the Year"

The SPE Thermoforming Division has named Dennis Hagan as its "Thermoformer of the Year" for 2023. Hagan is the owner and president of thermoformer Hagans Plastics Co., headquartered in Grand Prairie, Tex. The award will be presented during SPE’s Thermoforming Conference Awards Gala, held on Oct. 25 in conjunction with the 29th SPE Thermoforming Conference.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Plastics Industry

SPE's upcoming event, Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in the Plastics Industry (October 18-19, 2023, at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD), will provide a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities related to the use of PFAS in the plastic industry, along with the growing concerns about their environmental impacts. Various sectors of the plastic industry heavily rely on fluoropolymers and other PFAS, spanning extrusion products, injection molding products, automotive and aerospace, medical, building and construction, electric and electronic, textile, and more. Call for speakers and registration are now open.

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

FlexPackCon® 2023 Includes Multi-Track Program

FlexPackCon®, taking place October 10-12 at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in Montreal and presented by the SPE Flexible Packaging Division, features a multi-track program that covers a wide-range of cutting-edge flexible packaging technologies. Tuesday's (Oct. 10) program includes tutorial sessions focused on Life Cycle Assessment studies, Certifications, and Conversion. Wednesday (Oct. 11) and Thursday (Oct. 12) include concurrent sessions with speakers focused on: Recycling and Regulatory Issues; Bio-Plastics and Composites; Barrier via Additives and Coatings; PFAS; Extrusion; Film Structure Design; and more! Find out more here.

FlexPackCon® 2023 Includes Multi-Track Program

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host Nathan Rader-Edkin, Plastics Innovation and Resource Center Program Manager, Pennsylvania College of Technology, a Plastics News Rising Star for 2023, and a co-founder of a new plastics career site, PlasticsPostings.com. They discuss his plastics industry career journey, parenting, injection molding, the importance of industry experience to an academic career, and the role of the Pennsylvania College of Technology's Plastics Innovation and Resource Center. You can listen to the PlastChicks podcast at 4spe.org/podcasts or on YouTube!

SPE Foundation

Dennis Hagan Named SPE Thermoforming Division 'Thermoformer of the Year'

SPE Foundation Expands Board, Strengthens Commitment to Plastics Education

The SPE Foundation, a leading organization dedicated to the growth of plastics professionals and the advancement of plastics education, is pleased to announce the election of four new Board members. Albert McGovern, Steve Zamprelli, Matt Urfali, and Greg Adams have been elected to serve on the Board for a three-year term.

SPE Chapter News

Automotive Division’s Automotive Plastics News

The SPE Automotive Division’s recent Automotive Plastics News covers April’s 2023 EAV Conference, Auto EPCON, 2023 ACCE Conference and “Plastics Are Good for the Planet.”


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Upcoming Events

  • National Week of Injection Molding
    Begins July 31 | Online
  • SPE WEBINAR: New State of the Art Laboratory / Facility for Investigation of Materials in the Marine Environment
    August 16 | Online
  • SPE WORKSHOP: Artificial Intelligence for Polymer Development and Processing
    Begins September 11 | Online

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